GROHE is one of the leading global brands for complete bath solutions, kitchen fittings and innovative sanitary products. Not least, numerous design prizes have confirmed the company’s success. Product-integrated light plays a crucial role in the Blue Home intelligent tap system – in terms of handling, design and user experience.
The GROHE Blue Home kitchen tap is an intelligent drinking water system that converts tap water into high-quality sparkling water – filtered, chilled, sparkling, still or medium. The elegant, timeless design of the tap complements the innovative technology, which provides perfectly chilled carbonated drinking water at the touch of a button, with no display screen or app – for sustainable, convenient drinking enjoyment.
Multifunctionality at the centre
Rather than an ordinary tap, the GROHE Blue Home is a system for providing drinking water entirely to individual tastes, while also being a high-end design piece. This multifunctionality makes simple, intuitive use essential to ensure a successful user experience. In the case of the Blue Home tap, this is aided by an integrated lighting solution. In an impressive fashion, light forges a link between multifunctionality, ease of use and elegant, timeless design. The tap uses different coloured lights – blue, green and mint – to show the chosen type of water. If there is a fault – for example, the CO2 cartridge is defective or empty – this is indicated by a continuous or flashing red light. The elegant communication and feedback solution makes the tap intuitive to use. The current mode is selected using a sensor button, which is edged by a contour-tracking light ring. A particular challenge when developing a suitable coloured light solution lay in achieving homogeneous lighting while using just two LEDs, as well as implementing a technically sophisticated solution in a very limited space.
The concept is impressive: the GROHE Blue Home tap has already won nine design prizes and was given the “Best of the Best” Golden Award in the kitchen sink and tap category at the 2019 “KüchenInnovationen des Jahres” awards.
The sister product, GROHE Red – which is very similar in both design and function – provides boiling water at the touch of a button rather than sparkling water, and can replace kettles in many scenarios. An integrated lighting solution from MENTOR is used in this product too.